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What is too expensive?

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Guitar Equipment Forum · 11/4/2009 12:48 PM
I saw a guitar today that made me say... "who would buy that?"

The Adrian Belew model Parker is $9,599. What do you get for this?

Parker Adrian Belew Signature Fly Electric Guitar Features:

Extremely lightweight, (4-1/2 lb.)
Poplar body
Basswood neck
25.5" scale length
Carbon/glass/epoxy exoskeleton on the back, neck, and headstock
Carbon/glass/epoxy fingerboard with 24 stainless-steel frets
DiMarzio humbucker (bridge)
Sustainiac humbucker (neck)
RMC piezo saddle pickup
Line 6 Variax system
On/off switch engages the battery
Master Volume, Tone and the chrome push/pull knob activates Variax modeling system
50 presets plus ten user locations
MIDI-capable with a 13-pin MIDI out
Parker flat-spring vibrato system
Sperzel Trim-Lok tuners
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Re: What is too expensive?

11/4/2009 2:48 PM

Dale Lindsey (8281) wrote:

Sounds like an interesting axe. But more money than I could ever spend on one! You could buy a fleet of really nice guitars for that money.

-Dale

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11/4/2009 4:02 PM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

Do you remember my dream Benedetto? That baby was IIRC $27,000 - Ouch.......

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11/4/2009 4:46 PM

Chris Bond II (2841) wrote:

Guitars as a whole, area good investment and hold their value well. A purchase such as this is that, an investment.

Like any commodity you should make sure that it "likely" is to increase in value.

Um, did i mentin it is not a good idea to ever, and NEVER play it.

Psersonally, I think a person would take a bath with this model.

Now, with say a Fender Strat that was used on Clapton, that will increase or at least hold it's value. An important aspect of this kind of collecting is who might have owned or used it.

Buying this Parker is for a guy who has more money than sense.

You just need to pick up a Les Paul or a nice carvin to figure that out.

My .03 cents.

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11/4/2009 4:52 PM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

Totally agreed CB!!! A guitar was ment to be played. If you are going to admire it, take a picture or put it in a museum. Sorry man, it's bought and dying to be played man!!!

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11/4/2009 10:05 PM

Chris Bond II (2841) wrote:

Absolutely. I would 3k for a nice Gibby 175 if a i was looking and wanted it bad enough (and had the money lol) but you could bet Aunt Anna's bloomers, I would play the living daylights out of it. !

S'up Randy.



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11/4/2009 10:51 PM

Jeremy Ledford (14379) wrote:

QUIET YOU!!!!!

When ya coming out to the house?



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11/5/2009 10:13 AM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

The most I have ever spent was $1600. That was for my LP. My Howard Roberts Fusion cost me $1100 but what I miss the most is my beloved stolen Jackson Soloist - $1200. Everything was custom done on it back when Jackson an up and coming company.

Brother CB - What's going on bro? I agree with the 175. I had my heart set on a Setzer 6122 that was used for about $1500. I couldn't convince my wife. She said I could get if I sold one. Problem is, I don't have anything I want to sell.

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11/4/2009 10:51 PM

Jeremy Ledford (14379) wrote:

shoot, none of guitars cost more than 300, most under 200. 2k is probably my max for a badd a-- instrument.

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11/5/2009 10:39 AM

Kevin Sage (3299) wrote:

I've spent too much on too many...LOL

My PRS Custom 22 was about 2k...beautiful guitar but the tone wasn't my cup o tea so I sold it.

I spent $250 on a charvel model 5 that sustains forever and felt every bit as well made as the prs...i own two of them. The other one I paid $1100 for back in 1986 new. For some reason the Charvel's didn't hold their monetary value but I still would have paid more than the $250 as they play better than most guitars (IMHO)

My SL2H Jackson was about 1300 and worth every penny.

Have a Gretsch GCMYII (Malcolm Young Signature) that I spent $1000 for. Was owned previously by the guitarist for Silvertide, so it had seen some road action...has a few dents n dings but plays incredibly well.

What's too much? No idea..I suppose too much is what you're NOT willing to pay for a guitar. I'd never buy a guitar to put it behind glass and worry about dinging it up. That would just be a waste.

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11/5/2009 10:45 AM

Kevin Sage (3299) wrote:

I was in NYC last Nov and went to Staten Island to visit Mandolin Bros., a new and used guitar dealer. They had a room with some very valuable instruments that I got to play. One of them being a circa 1913 Martin I had the permission to play with. $60,000.00 price tag. It sounded like absolute garbage.

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11/5/2009 1:10 PM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

Definitly a museum piece and nothing else. Supply and demand on a piece of crap.

What's going on brother Kev....



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11/5/2009 11:31 PM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

Yo Randy, as you mention, prices are based on Supply & Demand. You can have a real hunk-O' Crap, but, if it's a RARE Hunk-O-Crap, it can be worth a ton of $$$!

As in my own instance:

I own a 1929 Epiphone "Recording C" Acoustic guitar. Worth a decent amount of $$, but, you can't play it. It's in lousy condition. But, I had Mandolin Brothers (Staten Island, NY) appraise it, a while back. They told me not to restore it. It's worth more in the condition it's in.

It's basically a museum piece, and nothing more. But, to me, it's worth more than that...

You see, my Grandfather bought it brand new. He actually bought it so his brother could play.

His brother then used it in the Big Band (Jazz Band) he used to play in. He used it for quite some time & it shows.... Before my Uncle passed away, he gave it back to my Grandfather, and then my Grandfather gave it to me right before "he" passed away. So, it has a lot of family history there. Which is worth more to me than the money.

Chris



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11/6/2009 1:03 AM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

You guitar priceless bro. The price offered from the Mandalin Bros is the street value but nothing can be valued when it is sentimental.



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11/6/2009 8:52 AM

Kevin Sage (3299) wrote:

Chris,

You know the room I'm talking about then if you've been to Mandolin Bros. =)

Clapton has (or had) one of his strats on consignment there. I played on it for a little bit. It was some ridiculous amount of money. The one guitar that really impressed me in there was McPhearson (sp). Their acoustics have such a warm, gorgeous tone. Reasonable too when compared with the rest there. I think they are based out of Wisconsin. If I had the cash that would have been the guitar I walked out of there with that day.

mcphearson guitars



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11/6/2009 8:53 AM

Kevin Sage (3299) wrote:

sorry, it's McPherson



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11/7/2009 12:11 PM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

Yeah,

I've been there a few times, and yeah, there's some stuff in that store that I'll never EVER be able to afford (unless I hit LOTTO) LOL

Chris

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11/5/2009 2:03 PM

Inactive Member wrote:

There's a boutique vintage guitar shop in the Anapolis Maryland area that had a couple walnut ES-334s in there circa 1974.

These guitars were selling for $24,000 simply because of their rareness.

I salivated for a moment...

Cin

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11/5/2009 3:54 PM

Nick Scratch (438) wrote:

What does a ES-334 look like?



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11/6/2009 6:47 PM

Inactive Member wrote:

ES-334 is a typo...

ES-335...

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11/7/2009 8:56 AM

David Mackie (11072) wrote:

I find it hard to fathom any Norlin era Gibson
fetching that kind of price no matter how rare. That
era is widely regarded as the time when Gibson was
pooting out nothing but pure crap. And come to think
of it, it seems like every other 335 from that era
I've ever seen was a walnut. I think those pieces
are sucker bait.

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11/7/2009 8:57 AM

David Mackie (11072) wrote:

What I meant by "every other" was every second, or
more simply, half.

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11/8/2009 4:04 PM

Jeremy Ledford (14379) wrote:

agreed. maybe 4-5000 if I know my values correctly.